Blue Notes

Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Chris Kreider finds his stride

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is seen on

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After most practices, you’ll find Chris Kreider at his locker nibbling from a bag of chocolate bits, part of the sweet routine of a young man who has escaped from hockey limbo.

Under former coach John Tortorella, the Boston College star who had a dazzling, five-goal post-season debut in 2012, was critiqued last year for being irresponsible, yanked down and up to the AHL, demoted to the fourth...

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Chris Kreider, Brandon Mashinter recalled from AHL

Feeling the need for more offense, size and toughness, the Rangers have recalled Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter from Hartford.

On a day that started with the retirement announcement from goaltender Martin Biron, with the corresponding callup of Hartford's No. 1 goalie Cam Talbot to back up Henrik Lundqvist,  there were four other moves, but the Kreider and Mashinter transactions...

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To face Devils, Vigneault, front office, opting for experience

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault looks up at the

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In prepping for the first visit to Newark this season on Saturday, the Rangers front office and head coach Alain Vigneault are opting to fill the hole left by Ryan Callahan (broken thumb, hit by shot against Caps), with experience raather than youth.

The message, it appears, is that the 2-4 Rangers need to nail down a few winnable games, and let the youngsters simmer a bit in Hartford. Vigneault...

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Miller, Fast, Asham, Falk survive; Kreider assigned to AHL

Chris Kreider, left, gets knocked to the ice

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The Rangers have kept forwards J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Arron Asham and defenseman Justin Falk on their roster, and cut Chris Kreider, who played well on Friday in Las Vegas but didn't impress enough during the rest of the pre-season campaign. He'll be back at some point, I assume.

The other cuts: Darroll Powe, Stu Bickel and Brandon Mashinter, all of whom must clear waivers, plus Oscar Lindberg,...

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Alain Vigneault on camp so far, players, plans

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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Some excerpts from head coach Alain Vigneault's media session:

“I would say yes,” Vigneault said when asked about a possible Biron-Hedberg competition. “In an Olympic year I need a backup goaltender that can play games for us, whether that number is 15 to maybe 20...in an Olympic year with the number of four games in six nights that we have to play and the number of three games in four nights,...

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